Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig bursted onto the scene last year and became one of the most polarizing players in the majors. This off-season, the Dodgers signed another Cuban sensation, Alex Guerrero, but don’t expect the second coming of Puig.
The Dodgers are hoping Guerrero will fill the void at second base, but hamstring injuries have slowed him down this winter. While Guerrero and Puig are both from Cuba, they don’t share a lot of similarities. Guerrero is calmer than Puig, as he’s soft spoken and even keel.
Guerrero believes Puig isn’t like most Cuban players, just a little different than most of his countrymen. Although Guerrero’s readiness is still in question, his demeanor is encouraging. He looks like a ball player that’s here to do his job and help the team improve.
The Dodgers have emphasized finding talent outside the United States and have been very successful. Last year was Puig and Hyun-Jin Ryu and this year hopefully it’s Guerrero. If Guerrero can stay healthy and learn a new position, his future with the Dodgers seems promising.
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